jared must have told the donald that this truce is not kosher… so now what?!

Netanyahu: Israel Opposes Ceasefire in Southern Syria
Barak Ravid, Haaretz, Jul 16 2017

PARIS – PM Netanyahu told reporters after his meeting with Pres Macron on Sunday that Israel opposes the ceasefire agreement in southern Syria that Pindostan and Russia reached, because it perpetuates the Iranian presence in the country. The PM noted that in his meeting with Macron, he made it clear to the French president that Israel was totally opposed to the ceasefire plan. A senior Israeli official said:

Israel is aware of Iranian intentions to substantially expand its presence in Syria. Iran is not only interested in sending advisers to Syria, but also in dispatching extensive military forces, including the establishment of an airbase for Iranian aircraft and a naval base for Iran’s navy. This already changes the picture in the region from what it has been up to now.

Earlier on Sunday, Macron said after his meeting with Netanyahu that France is ready to lead a diplomatic move to address the threat posed by Hezbollah’s weapons in south Lebanon. Netanyahu and Macron met at the Élysée Palace for an hour and a half, when part of the meeting took place in private. The two leaders reached the Élysée Palace straight from a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the expulsion of the Jews of Paris. During the ceremony, Macron said that anti-Zionism is the new anti-Semitism, and must be fought. One of the issues discussed by Netanyahu and Macron was Hezbollah’s activity in southern Lebanon, in violation of UNSCR 1701 that ended the 2006 Lebanon War. France is one of the main countries contributing troops to UNIFIL and played a central role in formulating 1701 in Aug 2006. Macron said during joint statements with Netanyahu following their meeting:

I share Israel’s concerns about Hezbollah’s activity in south Lebanon and about the arms the group has. I want to try and promote a diplomatic move to reduce the severity of this threat. We also discussed the situation in Syria, the joint struggle against terror and the nuclear agreement with Iran. I stressed that France will remain vigilant in monitoring the full implementation of Iran’s nuclear deal. Israel and France will hold talks to discuss policy coordination on the day after the nuclear agreement.

Macron condemned the attack on the Temple Mount and called for the resumption of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in order to reach a two-state solution based on the 1967 lines and Jerusalem as the capital of both states. Netanyahu responded by saying that Israel and France share a desire to promote stability and peace in the Middle East, adding that he made it clear the root of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, on any border. Netanyahu also said that he discussed with Macron the regional opportunity created by the partnership of interests and warming of relations between Israel and the Arab countries.


  1. George R King
    Posted July 16, 2017 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    “During the ceremony, Macron said that anti-Zionism is the new anti-Semitism, and must be fought”. Of course this is from the “Ministry of Truth”, don’t you know…….

    I didn’t know that Zionism is new!

    Equally, there was Jewish opposition to the Zionist movement, which sought to establish a Jewish homeland, long before the state of Israel was declared in 1948. Today fringe ultra-Orthodox groups such as Neturei Karta oppose the state of Israel because they believe the true Jewish state will only be established with the coming of the Messiah. Likewise, some make the point that Zionism is a political project supported by plenty of non-Jews, including Western governments and many US evangelical Christians. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-36160928

    “The only question that really matters: Why?” “Why have we not Known?”

  2. Posted July 17, 2017 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Judea opposes ceasefire
    which ceasefire?
    any ceasefire.

    (i think that any truce, ceasefire or peace settlement must, by way of demonstrating good will, end with the stated clause of “Iudea est delenda”)

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